OSHA Reveals 2022 Top 10 Safety Violations

Fall Protection remained atop the list of violations in 2022, though there was some shifting elsewhere in the top 10.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Sept. 20 its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for the fiscal year 2022. As in past years, the list was unveiled at the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo.

Fall Protection – General Requirements is atop the list for the 12th year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication and Respiratory Protection.

OSHA’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

“OSHA’s annual Top 10 list helps define trends so safety professionals can find the appropriate solutions,” National Safety Council president and CEO Lorraine Martin said in a news release. “Despite advancements in workplace safety, we continue to see the same types of violations each year. It’s more important than ever employers seek education and resources to keep their workers safe.”

The top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for 2022 are:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,260 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 2,424
  3. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,185
  4. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,143
  5. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,058
  6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,977
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,749
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,556
  9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,401
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,370 

Hazard Communication jumps to No. 2 after being ranked No. 5 in 2021, while Respiratory Protection, Ladders, Scaffolding, Fall Protection and Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment all fell a spot compared to a year ago.

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